$25 Million Dollar Hoax

$25 Million Dollar Hoax
StarringChrissy Sanford
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3
Executive producersBen Silverman
Scott Hallock
Kevin Healey
Stuart Krasnow[1]
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesHallock-Healey Entertainment
Krasnow Productions
Reveille Productions[1]
Original networkNBC[1]
Original releaseNovember 8 (2004-11-08) –
November 22, 2004 (2004-11-22)

$25 Million Dollar Hoax is an unscripted television series that was originally shown on American network NBC in November 2004.

The series is noted to be similar in style to FOX's My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, which aired in 2003.[2] It is based on a United Kingdom show titled The Million Pound Hoax,[2] broadcast on Sky One earlier that year.[3]


In the series, daughter Chrissy Sanford plays a hoax on her family by convincing them she had won a $25,000,000 lottery prize through the internet, and that it had changed her from a sweet girl into a spend-a-holic.[1][4]

$25 Million Dollar Hoax contained guest appearances by Ed McMahon, George Gray, and N*SYNC's Lance Bass.

Chrissy successfully pulled off the hoax, which won her and her family over $400,000 in cash and prizes.[4]


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  1. ^ a b c d Mills, Warren (November 8, 2004). "$25 Million Dollar Hoax". WTHR. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "NBC to air a 'Fiance'-like '$25 Million Dollar Hoax' series beginning November 8". Reality TV World. October 18, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Latest reality TV stunt stars lottery hoaxer". BreakingNews.ie. April 24, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The $25 Million Dollar Hoax". The Sydney Morning Herald. May 25, 2005. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Global premieres $25 Million Dollar Hoax reality show". Media In Canada. October 28, 2004. Retrieved November 26, 2019.

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